For Immediate Release
Stacy McCullough, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile: 913-927-0128
Bill Musgrave, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile: 816-215-4658
Edeen Martin, Truman Library & Museum, 816-268-8218
TRUMAN PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM & LIBRARY TO RE-OPEN MARCH 1.
First Phase of $22.5 Million Renovation Complete.
Independence, MO - February 2001 - With a new look and expanded identity, the Truman Presidential Museum and Library prepares to re-open its doors to the public on March 1 in the midst of an extensive $22.5 million renovation project that will continue through the year 2002. Construction, which began early last summer, closed the facility for major contracting work on September 5 to finalize preparations for the first of three major new additions to one of only 10 presidential libraries in the nation.
The opening stages of the renovation project will be unveiled March 1, with two important touring exhibits and the re-opening of some of the museum's familiar features such as the replica of the oval office. The remaining stages of the renovation will be completed this summer, early this coming fall and in the spring of 2002.
The two special exhibits scheduled for the opening in March are Portraits of the Presidents from the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery and Mount Vernon in Miniature. Portraits of the Presidents, on display at the Truman Presidential Museum through May 20, features a collection of 61 original paintings, photographs and sculptures from the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery. On display at the Truman Presidential Museum until September 23, Mount Vernon in Miniature is a detailed model of the home of the nation's first president, George Washington, in 1/12th scale.
Along with the temporary exhibits, this initial phase of the renovation of the Truman Presidential Museum includes the re-opening of the Oval Office, the Thomas Hart Benton mural located in the main lobby and the documentary film Harry S. Truman: 1884-1972, produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim. The Truman gravesites and courtyard, plus a fascinating collection of artifacts and treasures will open later this spring.
Additional renovation phases scheduled to open within the next two years:
- Harry S. Truman: The Presidential Years. A permanent exhibit scheduled to open in mid-summer of 2001, featuring interactive decision theaters that engage visitors in the most important decisions of the Truman Presidency.
- White House Decision Center. An experiential learning program, scheduled to open in the fall of 2001, designed for school groups to learn about decision-making by focusing on major policy issues that faced Truman during his Presidency.
- The Life and Times of Harry S. Truman. A permanent exhibit scheduled to open in the spring of 2002 features artifacts that tell the story of President Truman before and after his years in the White House.
The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is undergoing a facelift that includes plans for a two-level courtyard addition and a 3,400 square foot special exhibition gallery.
Funding for the project, which covers the renovation, the new exhibits and additional educational and public programs, came from nearly $12.5 million in private contributions, $8 million in federal funds through the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) plus $2 million from the State of Missouri. The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of only 10 Presidential Libraries administered by NARA. Located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware Street in Independence, Missouri, the Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, Thursdays from 9 am to 9 pm, and Sundays from noon to 5 pm. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.